Sidney Sheldon, noted author and screenwriter, passed away on Tuesday. He was 89. He died of complications from pneumonia at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage.
Sheldon was born on February 17, 1917 in Chicago.
Sheldon is known for his books Rage of Angels, The Other Side of Midnight, Master of the Game and If Tomorrow Comes.
Sheldon was in the Guinness Book of World Records for the greatest number of languages into which his novels were translated, and more than 300m copies were printed. He was also the only writer ever to win both an Oscar, for The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer in 1947 starring Cary Grant, Shirley Temple and Rudy Vallee, a Tony for one of his Broadway productions, The Redhead, in 1959, and an Edgar Allan Poe award for mystery writing, for The Naked Face.
Seventeen other novels followed; all made the New York Times fiction bestseller list, many at the number one slot. The first to do so was Sheldon’s second book, The Other Side of Midnight (1974). Other titles included Bloodline (1977), If Tomorrow Comes (1986), The Sands of Time (1988), Nothing Lasts Forever (1994), The Sky Is Falling (2000) and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, which appeared in 2004 when its author was approaching 88.